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Shining Time Station 25th Competition


January 29, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of SHINING TIME STATION's debut.  To celebrate this milestone, we're asking fans to submit essays to share how and when your learned of the show, what you remember most about it, along with explaining why SHINING TIME STATION is so special.
All entrants' names will be entered into a draw where you have a chance to win a Schmid SHINING TIME STATION picture frame (new and in original box). All Entries will be posted on our special 25th Anniversary page once the conpetition closes and the winner announced.
Email essays to
with "STS 25th COMPETITION" in the subject line
*competition banner adapted from artwork submitted by Sanjay Das


A total of 7 essays were sent in by fans. As mentioned earlier, the winner would be drawn at random from the names entered for all entrants. I used 's "Pick Items" to select one of the 7 names entered.
We're pleased to announce the winning entry for the STS Picture Frame is:
Congratulations Sam and a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANKS to everyone who shared their memories and sentiments about SHINING TIME STATION. All 7 essays have been posted to the mini-site's 25th Anniversary page. 

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OK folks, it's auction time again to raise money for worthy charitable causes, and this time, we have a treat for you. We have a set of books, representing Thomas through the ages signed by the UK voice cast of the CGI Thomas and Friends series. As well as a special copy of Day of the Diesels, signed by the UK voice cast and former Head Writer, Sharon Miller!

We owe a huge debt of thanks to Ben Small (Voice of Thomas, Toby, Ferdinand, Owen and Rheneas) who has gone out of his way to help organise this, and got his friends / colleagues in the voice cast to sign the books for us. Keith Wickham (Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, The Fat Controller, Percy and various others), Matt Wilkinson (Spencer, Victor, Diesel 10, Kevin, Charlie and various others.) and Theresa Gallagher (Emily, Rosie, Lady Hatt, Belle and various other female characters) have all graciously signed the books along with Ben, and we are very grateful.

These will go on eBay individually so that everyone has a chance to own some Thomas & Friends signed merchandise. We will ship these worldwide, so if you're in Australia, USA, Canada, Japan or anywhere else in the world, these are available to you too!

All items will be available on ebay until Saturday 26th of June at 6pm (UK Time) and available through our sif_auctions account.


The original Railway Series book that brought Thomas to the world, Thomas The Tank Engine, has been signed by Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Tersea Gallagher.

All proceeds for Thomas The Tank Engine will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Representing the model era of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends is the storybook for Toby Had A Little Lamb. Again, it is signed by Ben Small (who voices Toby in the TV Series), Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher

All proceeds from Toby Had A Little Lamb will go to Unicef UK


The brand new CGI Thomas & Friends series is represented by this book - Thomas & The Shortcut, which is part of the 10-minute tale series. It is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher

All proceeds from Thomas & The Shortcut will go to Clic Sargent Children's Cancer Charity.


For the popular Thomas Story Library books, we decided to throw in Rheneas - who Ben will be voicing in the upcoming Thomas & Friends special, Blue Mountain Mystery! It is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher

All proceeds from Rheneas will go to The Railway Children Charity


And as an added bonus, Ben and the guys have flung in a copy of the 2010 Thomas & Friends Annual. It is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher

All proceeds from Thomas & Friends Annual 2010 will go to Save The Children UK


The Day of the Diesels book is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher - as well as voice director and former Head Writer, Sharon Miller, who penned the 2011 Special! In addition, Ben's thrown in a Diesel take-along toy for good measure and signed that too!

All proceeds from the Day Of The Diesels book and additional Diesel toy will go to The National Autistic Society.


SiF will celebrate 10 years online on the 4th of December - to say thank you to all our friends, members, supporters and visitors, we're giving you the chance to win big!

Star Prize includes a Take 'n' Play Great Quarry Climb Playset, four Take 'n' Play toys, and a copy of the 2013 Thomas & Friends Annual!

Two runners up will receive a Take 'n' Play toy (either Luke or a Yellow Victor) and a 2013 Annual each.

To enter the competition, we would like you to tell us about a special Thomas moment in your life.  Have the characters or stories brought you or your child some comfort in a time of crisis or sadness?  Are there moments you and your family look back on with great affection where Thomas and his friends hold special memories?

Whether it's been a fantastic family day out where Thomas was involved, playing with toys, watching the stories on television, enjoying the stories in books with a loved one, or a time in your family's history where the characters and stories were a comfort to you, we want to hear about the times you've cried, laughed, smiled and became excited about Thomas and his friends.

E-mail us at with the following details:

Subject: SiF 10th Anniversary Competition

Your Name:
Your Date of Birth:
Your Address:
Your Memory:

The best entries will be published on SiF Blog for all to see, and the winners will be contacted once the competition has ended.

The Competition Closes on 24th of November 2012

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